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How Ashes Are Buried In Mausoleums and Columbariums
[Above Ground Interment & Cremation Niche Guide]
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Over half the people who die in the U.S. are cremated. There are many ways to preserve their ashes for posterity, including placing them in a mausoleum or a columbarium. Both are cemetery structures for the deceased, but there are important differences between the two.
In this chapter of the Essential Buyers Guide to Private Family Mausoleums...we’ll give you an above ground interment and cremation niche guide to how ashes are buried in mausoleums and columbariums.
Once a body is cremated, the container with the ashes is delivered to the family who have several options for the ashes disposition. They can scatter the remains…place them in an urn…place them in a personalized cremation marker or cremation monument that will be set on your property or in a cemetery…bury the cremated remains in a grave in a cemetery…or entomb them above-ground by placing the ashes in a niche or mausoleum in a cemetery.
Remember, if you care to create a truly lasting remembrance of a loved one, a mausoleum or columbarium burial is probably your best option.
Private mausoleums can be built to contain niches for ashes/cremation urns. Depending on how the private mausoleum is constructed, niches can be accessed either on the interior or exterior of the mausoleum. The niches are covered with a piece of granite called a niche front, or door. When the time comes for the ashes or cremation urns to be placed in a niche, the niche front is removed either using a bronze rosette or suction cups. After the ashes or cremation urn has been placed inside, the niche front is then put back and permanently sealed. Ashes and cremation urns can also be laid to rest in a full size crypt with an accompanying casket.
A group of niches for ashes or cremation urns is called a columbarium. A columbarium can either be a free standing granite structure or incorporated within the construction of a mausoleum. If incorporated in the construction of a mausoleum, the columbarium can be part of the interior and/or exterior of the mausoleum.
In a private family mausoleum, an urn can share space with a casket in a crypt or it can occupy its own crypt.
A more common option is to design smaller cremation niches in the interior or exterior mausoleum walls for urns and ashes, each one holding the remains of one family member. These niches can be quite beautiful, with decorative bronze doors that can be custom designed by the family. A mausoleum can have dozens of cremation niches in a relatively small space.
A columbarium inside a walk-in mausoleum building or on the outside adjoining the mausoleum can also hold cremated remains.
Many cemeteries, churches, and other institutions have a columbarium with niches for sale to the public or their members. These can be quite large and are an option for those who do not mind sharing a space with non-family members.
To learn more about setting ashes in a mausoleum or columbarium, just speak with a Certified Cremation Specialist at Rome Monument. The consultation is free and they will be happy to answer all your questions.
Next in The Essential Buyers Guide to Private Family Mausoleums, we’ll look at the difference between walk-in and non walk-in mausoleums.